Off-campus access using eZproxy and updates to third-party web sites

The eZproxy authentication framework enables the library to provide secure off-campus access to subscription-based third-party resources for providers who are unable to support the Shibboleth protocol. We have encountered an issue over the last few months that has led to the loss of off-campus to a number of such resources. This is the result of those third-party web platforms moving their entire site across from ‘http:’ to the more secure ‘https:’ protocol. This causes a key component of the exchange between the university’s eZproxy server and the third party site to fail.

The solution to this issue is an upgrade to the eZproxy server, an enhancement that colleagues in IS are preparing to deploy to the production environment once testing has successfully completed.

The resources currently affected by this problem are:

  • Elgar Online

A further update will follow once the upgrade to eZproxy has been deployed and access to these services is confirmed as restored.

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SPORTDiscus with Full Text currently inaccessible

Access to the SPORTDiscus with Full Text service on the EBSCOhost platform is currently unavailable to Libraries and Learning Resources’ customers. Requests to either the article level (through SFX) or to the database level (through Library OneSearch) are resolving to the EBSCOhost homepage (which does not list SPORTDiscus with Full Text as an option). A further update will follow once access is confirmed as restored.

EBSCOhost - SPORTDiscus with full-text